Open Office XML TC at OASIS
Date: Mon, 04 Nov 2002 08:32:27 -0500
From: Karl Best <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: OASIS TC Call For Participation: Open Office XML TC
A new OASIS technical committee is being formed. The OASIS Open Office XML Format Technical Committee has been proposed by the following members of OASIS: Doug Alberg, Boeing; Michael Brauer, Sun Microsystems; Paul Bunkham, Sony; John Chelsom, CSW; Patrick Durusau, Society of Biblical Literature; Paul Grosso, Arbortext; Tom Magliery, Corel; Monica Martin, Drake Certivo; Daniel Vogelheim, Sun Microsystems; and the following individual members: Sean McGrath, Uche Ogbuji, and Lauren Wood.
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Karl F. Best
OASIS - Director, Technical Operations
+1 978.667.5115 x206
The name of this TC shall be the OASIS Open Office XML Format TC.
The purpose of this TC is to create an open, XML-based file format
specification for office applications.
The resulting file format must meet the following requirements:
it must be suitable for office documents containing text,
spreadsheets, charts, and graphical documents
it must be compatible with the W3C Extensible Markup Language (XML)
v1.0 and W3C Namespaces in XML v1.0 specifications
it must retain high-level information suitable for editing the document
it must be friendly to transformations using XSLT or similar
XML-based languages or tools
it should keep the document's content and layout information separate
such that they can be processed independently of each other
it should 'borrow' from similar, existing standards wherever possible
Since the OpenOffice.org XML format specification meets these criteria
and has proven its value in real life, this TC will use it as the basis
for its work.
Sun Microsystems intends to contribute the OpenOffice.org XML Format to
this TC at the first meeting of the TC, under reciprocal Royalty Free terms.
A standard for office document processing and interchange will be of
great utility to many users and software companies developing
applications, and should be made available as soon as possible.
Thus, the work of this TC will be done in two phases:
1) In the first phase, this TC will use proven and established
constructs so that the resulting standard can satisfy the immediate
needs of many users, as well as serve as a base for future, less
The work of this TC in the first phase will concentrate on the following
A ) establishing a mechanism and policy for extensions, preferably
relying on XML namespaces,
B) establishing a set of 'core' elements and attributes to be
supported by all implementations,
C) incorporating feedback from early adopters of the base
specification and fixing technical problems that may have been uncovered,
D) ensuring that the resulting specification and documentation are
consistent and of high quality.
The TC aims to complete the first phase within six months of the TC's
2) In the second phase, this TC will extend the base specification to
encompass additional areas of applications or users.
The work of this TC in the second phase will additionally allow for the
A) enabling additional areas of application,
B) exploring new or experimental ideas for office document representation, and
C) extending the expressiveness of the format.
Each of the TC's phases will result in a Committee Specification that
- a set of XML DTDs/schemas setting the vocabulary, constraints and
semantics of the file format in question, and
- a set of written specifications that describe the elements and
attributes of the DTDs/schemas in plain English.
At the appropriate time the TC shall submit its Committee Specifications
for balloting by OASIS membership for OASIS standard status.
Under no circumstances shall the TC accept, during any phase,
contributions that are not granted to all under perpetual, royalty free,
This TC shall not finalize or approve a specification if it believes
that the use, distribution, or implementation of such specification
would necessarily require the unauthorized infringement of any party's
rights known to the technical committee, and such party has not agreed
to provide necessary license rights on perpetual, royalty-free,
The TC shall conduct its proceedings in English.
The first meeting of the XML Office Documents TC will take place on
December 16th 2002, from 8am to 12 noon, US Pacific time, over the
phone, at a number to be provided to prospective participants no later
than 5 days before the meeting. That date and time will be the time of
record for establishing initial voting membership under the OASIS TC
A face to face meeting of the TC shall be arranged at the first meeting,
to take place no later than three months after the initial phone meeting.
After the initial meeting the TC shall meet bi-weekly over the phone,
except for the one face to face meeting mentioned above, during the
first phase. During the second phase the TC shall meet monthly over the
phone, or as it is agreed upon at that time.
The following persons eligible to participate in OASIS technical committees state that they are committed to the purpose and schedule stated above:
- Doug Alberg, Boeing (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Michael Brauer, Sun Microsystems (email@example.com)
- Paul Bunkham, Sony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- John Chelsom, CSW (email@example.com)
- Patrick Durusau, Society of Biblical Literature (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Paul Grosso, Arbortext (email@example.com)
- Tom Magliery, Corel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Monica Martin, Drake Certivo (email@example.com)
- Sean McGrath, individual (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Uche Ogbuji, individual (email@example.com)
- Daniel Vogelheim, Sun Microsystems (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lauren Wood, individual (email@example.com)
The TC shall be chaired by Michael Brauer, Sun Microsystems.
The sponsor for face-to-face meetings during the first year shall be Sun Microsystems. The sponsor for phone meetings during the first year shall be Sun Microsystems.
Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See [provisionally] "XML File Formats for Office Documents."